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Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Aromatic Allergy Relief
The end of summer and early fall is often a time when people exhibit symptoms of allergy (allergic rhinitis). There are blooming weeds and even sensitivity to mold that forms on fallen leaves. Sometimes, it's hard to tell whether the itching eyes, congestion, sneezing and even sore throat are this allergic response, rather than the common cold. But, fortunately, in either case, essential oils can provide relief.
For the massage therapist, this information is helpful when you have your own symptoms of allergy and don't want to alarm your clients or take over the counter medicines that can also make you drowsy. It can also be a benefit to both you and the clients who show up for their appointment, bleary-eyed and congested.
A ground-breaking piece of information came to my attention recently, provided by Robert Tisserand, via the Tisserand Insitute. It has applications for many conditions, including allergic response. "Some very new research has revealed that the brain is 'drained' by lymph vessels, showing for the first time a direct connection between the brain and the immune system. This suggests that inhaled essential oils could have effects on our immune system, which could have great relevance, again, in the treatment of some neurological diseases." (www.nature.com/nature/journal/v523/n7560/full/nature14432.html)
We know that both allergies and colds are related to the immune system — in the former, the immune system produces histamine when it comes into contact with a certain substance; in the latter, the immune system is not strong enough to resist a viral load. How wonderful to have this evidence now that simple inhalation of essential oils can positively affect the immune system. Inhalation is also the fastest and most direct method of essential oil delivery, too. For the massage therapist, this means all you have to do is diffuse essences in the office or treatment room in order to create a therapeutic effect on the client and yourself. To increase exposure for the client, adding an essential oil to the massage blend prolongs the inhalation of essential oil molecules, even when the client no longer notices the aroma. Once an essential oil has exhausted the olfactory nerve and delivered its information to the brain, the experience of aroma is lowered, or disappears. However, essential oil molecules remain in the air, diffusing from the skin, where they are still inhaled and have effects.
Aromatherapists have often said that essential oils "boost the immune system." And that comment could mean anything from the ability to create white blood cells, to the stimulation of white blood cells already present, to taking an active role in overcoming the invasion. For allergies, there are several oils that are able to lower histamine levels. Certain essential oils also have anti-inflammatory and decongesting properties. Since there are many to choose from, the LMT can make a blend and vary it, too. That is a bigger benefit for the therapist, who is breathing the essential oil molecules in the same location for a long time. But it also allows for more specific effects to be selected, both on physical and mental/emotional levels, and targeted for the best outcome for a client's immediate needs.
When dealing with a known allergic respiratory response, there are two essential oils that are said to lower histamine levels: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Blue Tansy (Tannacetum annum). Fortunately, one or two drops of either is sufficient, as both are blue in color and will turn massage oils this color. I've used German chamomile (also called chamomile blue) in high dilution without creating issues with clothing or linens. Of the two, the tansy has a sweeter scent, but even German chamomile is acceptable when blended with other essences.
For those who suffer from allergic bronchial asthma, an uncommon essential oil from Morocco, Amni Visnaga has proven effective. It appears to stabilize the mast cell and prevent histamine release, and has also shown promise with allergic bronchial asthma because it is said to dilate the bronchia and relieve bronchial spasms. Use this sparingly because it is also photo-sensitizing, hepatotoxic in large, prolonged doses, and is said to have a very unpleasant aroma.
More common anti-inflammatory essential oils include: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). Both of these would be preferred in blends for children. In the decongestant category, there is: Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis), Laurel leaf (Laurus nobilis), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole). Adding a citrus essential oil to the blend creates relaxation and relieves anxiety. It can also make the blend have a more pleasant aroma. Sweet orange (Citrus Sinensis var. dulcis) is often chosen as it is not considered photosensitizing.
A sample diffusion blend might include, 5 drops per small area nebulizing diffuser:
A sample massage oil might include, in 1 oz carrier: